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Today on Home & Family Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


Lauren Potter
Actress and 2015 Special Olympics Ambassador Lauren Potter gleefully exudes her positive "yes I can" attitude, following her dreams of stardom despite the naysayers. After not making her high school cheerleading team, Lauren went on to earn her Varsity jacket as a member of the Cheerios on "Glee." She tells us about the strong bond she formed with co-star Jane Lynch. Today, Lauren discusses her involvement with the Special Olympics and her position on the Board of Directors of Best Buddies International. She also shares news about moving out on her own and gushes about her new boyfriend.
Get involved in the Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org and Best Buddies at www.bestbuddies.org.

Follow Lauren on Twitter @thelaurenpotter.

Taste of Home Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce

From "Taste of Home" magazine, Cristina shares a healthy recipe for Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce.

"Taste of Home" Crab Cakes with Peanut Sauce
Amber Massey of Argyle, TX joins us via Skype to walk Cristina through her original recipe for crab cakes with peanut sauce. She reacts to earning a full-page feature in "Taste of Home" magazine. The registered dietician explains she devised this rendition in an effort to cook healthy meals for her family, substituting such ingredients as mayo and saturated fat with egg whites and Greek yogurt. Amber's even used tilapia or salmon instead of crab cakes. Then, Cristina makes the peanut sauce.
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"Taste of Home" is the #1 food and entertaining magazine in the world, with 3.2 million readers. Each year, "Taste of Home" receives more than 11,000 ideas and recipe submissions from real home cooks across the country. Just under 2,000 recipes are tested and then featured in "Taste of Home" magazines, cookbooks, and on tasteofhome.com.

DIY Upscale Vases with Jessie Jane

Jessie Jane uses puffy paint to decorate mercury glass mason jar vases.

DIY Upscale Vases with Jessie Jane
Jessie Jane finds a new use for puffy paint, once used to decorate 80s T-shirts. She got the idea to design mercury glass mason jars when planning a Moroccan-themed baby shower. Today, Jessie teaches us a fast technique to paint the vases and how long to wait for them to dry.
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Dr. Robin Berman, MD

Dr. Robin Berman, MD examines kids who bully their parents in her new book, "Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits." She explains why parents need to find a middle ground when disciplining their kids to have an orderly household and teach their families how to cope with setbacks in the real world. Dr. Berman describes how the dialogue moms and dads instill sets the tone for a lifetime of confidence or insecurities. She also gives her take on using technology, such as an iPad, as a babysitter and the importance of teaching good interpersonal, conversational skills from a young age. For more parenting tips, pick up Dr. Robin Berman's book, "Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child with Love and Limits," available now.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson talks about climbing the pop music charts as a teenager and her new gig as a judge on "Sing Your Face Off."

Debbie Gibson
Singer/songwriter Debbie Gibson discusses skyrocketing to pop stardom as a teenager and how her momager convinced record execs to take her seriously at the mere age of 12. Long before experiencing love and heartbreak for herself, Debbie used her sisters' relationships and breakups as her muses for lyrics. She tells us why she decided to turn to Broadway, starring in 17 musicals. Now, Debbie is excited to be judging celebrities on the singing competition show "Sing Your Face Off," where stars impersonate successful recording artists.
"Sing Your Face Off" airs Saturdays at 9/8c on ABC.

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Beauty Secrets from the Kitchen with Kym Douglas

Kym Douglas transforms the kitchen into a spa, teaching us new uses for the fridge, freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. Later, she demonstrates how a potato peeler can help reshape your lipstick into a point. Kitchen Beauty Lab:
1. Making ice cubes out of refrigerated aloe gel reduces puffiness.
2. Keep eye gels and serums in fridge to supercharge product. 3. Warm cleansing mask will help product sink into your skin. 4. Remove buildup from hairbrushes through a cycle in the dishwasher. Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at KymDouglas.com. Follow her on Twitter @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.


Mario & Kelly Persico

Weight loss surgery couple Mario and Kelly Persico update us on their remarkable progress since we last saw them three months ago. In the six months since their bariatric surgery, Mario has dropped 120, whle Kelly's shed 72 pounds and completed her first half marathon. Plus, both are happy to report they're completely off their medications and continue to eat healthy, small portions. Later, they have other exciting news to share. Mario and Kelly have their first grandchild on the way! Dr. Michael G. Wetter, associate director of psychology at Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center, joins the conversation to discuss how body dysmorphia leads to people seeing a distorted reflection of themselves in the mirror. He also touches on how patients should manage realistic expections of weight loss. For more information on the Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Program, please go to cedars-sinai.edu.


Throwing the Perfect Luncheon with Panera

"Home & Family" gets their kicks on Route 66 with a backyard picnic. Cristina praises the catering of Panera to feed all her guests with great sandwiches, desserts, and beverages. Plus, she raves about their fresh salads. Then, the family members share some of their favorite vacation stories. Find the Panera nearest you at panerabread.com.


DIY Ant Farm with Tanya Memme

The ants come marching in for Tanya Memme's DIY project! She builds an ant farm inside a sand-filled apothecary jar. You can have loads of fun watching the ant community tunnel their way through the sand. Plus, Tanya recites fun facts about the insect.

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